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Stumbling by torchlight under a starless, moonless sky along a snow-drifted trail through pitch black forest in eerie silence I eventually emerged in the dim, grey light of dawn onto open tundra extending above the timberline.

A long, gradual ascent crossing rushing streams wound upwards and around the imposing Mount Lady Washington to gain an extensive, level, boulder field. Breakable crust on deep, soft snow made progress difficult but this was offset by the allure of the huge rock monolith of Long's Peak - the "Matterhorn" of the Colorado Rockies - rising abruptly at the far end of the plateau. On its eastern side was the immense, vertical wall of the Diamond Face.

Long's Peak from the Boulder Field

Long's Peak

from the

Boulder Field

Across the plateau an awkward scramble on large, slippery boulders gained the "Keyhole", a notch in the rocky ridge connecting Long's Peak with the adjacent Storm Peak. Through the gap the South Face plunged abruptly into the deep, icy chasm of Glacier Gorge. On the opposing side towered the sheer rock walls of the Chief's Head Peak. Ominous black clouds swirled around its bald top - portents of possible thunderstorms.


Chief's Head Peak from Long's Peak

Chief's Head Peak from Long's Peak

Abandoning aspirations of an attempt on Long's Peak I retreated to the plateau and instead kicked steps up easy snow slopes to the summit ridge of Storm Peak ( 13,326ft ) to achieve a consolation prize and a superb viewpoint. Extending from the nearby Chief's Head Peak were the lesser tops of the Front Range - part of the Continental Divide - while directly below stretched the narrow trench of Glacier Gorge with its string of silvery, ice-bound lakes. 

Glacier Gorge from Storm Peak in Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park

Glacier Gorge from Storm Peak

Across the boulder field loomed the majestic Long's Peak - at 14,255ft the monarch of the Front Range and the reigning "fourteener" of the Rocky Mountain National Park - fully exposed in all its glory as the black clouds had now fortunately, but frustratingly, dissipated.

Long's Peak from Storm Peak

Long's Peak

from

Storm Peak

On the way down I contoured round beneath Mount Lady Washington to visit the secluded Chasm Lake nestling in a rocky amphitheatre at the foot of the awesome, 1,000ft Diamond Face - one of the renowned "big walls" of American climbing rivaling those of Half Dome and El Capitan in California's Yosemite Valley.

Diamond Face of Long's Peak from Chasm Lake

Diamond Face

of

Long's Peak

above

ice-bound

Chasm Lake

With a few days in hand I relocated to the pleasant campgrounds in the wooded meadows of Moraine Park with a fine outlook over to Long's Peak and an excellent base for hikes along well signposted trails to picturesque lakes and waterfalls amid the spectacular mountain landscape of the Colorado Rockies.

Hallet Peak above Bear Lake

Hallet Peak

above

ice-bound

Bear Lake


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Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park - Hiking Map Rocky Mountain National Park - Day Hiker's Guide Long's Peak - Climbing Guide Long's Peak

Colorado's FourteenersRocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park Valley - Climbers Guide Rocky Mountain National Park - The High Peaks - Climbers GuideColorado's Fourteeners - Maps Package 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado Hiking Colorado

Lonely Planet USA Independent Travellers USA 2003 Lets Go 2004 USA Road Trip USA Road Trip - California & the SW USA SW USA & Las VegasDenver - Insight Pocket Guide

Insight Guide to Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park Day Hikes Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park including Long's Peak Best Easy Day Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park Guide to National Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park Bicycling America's National Parks: Canyonlands to Rocky Mountain National Park Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners Lonely Planet: Hiking in the USASW USA: Insight Flexi Map Let's Go SW USA Let's Go USA Lonely Planet USA Lonely Planet SW States Rough Guide USA Rough Guide SW USA Lonely Planet: Hiking in the Rocky Mountains Lonely Planet: Driving thru AmericaLonely Planet: Rocky MountainsRough Guide USA

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